Julia Barfield, FRSA MBE RIBA, (born 1952) is a British architect and
Marks Barfield Architects, established in 1989. Barfield
London Eye together with husband partner David Marks.
Barfield has interest in vernacular architecture, geometry and in the
way nature "designs and organizes itself so efficiently". She was
Buckminster Fuller and his beliefs on how architects
have a social and environmental responsibility. Barfield remains
involved in a diverse array of projects within architecture, including
the categories of culture, education, transportation, sports, leisure,
and master planning.
3.1 London Eye
Julia Barfield studied at the Architectural Association School of
Architecture in London from 1972 to 1978. During her year out, she
went to South America and worked in the barriadas (squatter
Lima in Peru designing housing and a community
centre. According to an interview with the Architects Journal
Magazine, Barfield was drawn to architecture because of her parents'
best friend's father, also an architect. She was interested in the
arts and sciences, and believes that "architecture is a bridge"
After graduation, Barfield worked for
Foster and Partners
Foster and Partners for nine
years. In 1990, together with husband David Marks, they founded Marks
Barfield Architects. During the last 13 years, with Marks, she has
designed projects in the leisure, housing, transport, education and
cultural sectors. Barfield has served as an Awards' assessor for
RIBA and Civic Trust, as well as a judge for various architectural
competitions. A recent competition Barfield judged was the RIBA
forgotten Spaces Competition.
Barfield serves as a leader within the field of architectural
education, continuing to lecture at conferences and universities,
advising for the Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment
Masters' course at Cambridge University, is a Governor at Godolphin
& Latymer School for girls, and was previously the Vice President
of the Architectural Association School of Architecture.
The best thing about the Eye is the journey. It’s not like the
Eiffel tower, where you get in a dark lift and come out on to a
platform at the top. The trip round is as important as the view.
-Julia Barfield, 2015
In 1993, the
Sunday Times and the
Architecture Foundation held an open
competition to design a landmark for the millennium, which would in
turn be the London Eye. According to an interview with architects
David Marks, and Julia Barfield, their design submission for the
competition did not win; in fact, none of the submissions won the
competition. Instead, the architects decided to build The Eye
anyway. In March 2000, the
London Eye was completed for ₤85m.
Julia Barfield and her firm have won more than 60 awards for their
design, innovation and sustainability. Barfield is the winner of
"Architectural Practice of the Year" in 2001 and a "Queen's Award
for Enterprise & Innovation" in 2003.
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